So Why Does Fast Food Taste Good?
The taste of fast food is carefully controlled, and a lot of the flavours you pick up while chewing on that burger meal are there for a very good reason – and not natural. If you enjoy strawberry milkshakes, you’ll be horrified to know that the version you buy in a popular burger chain contains nothing that’s been in the vicinity of a strawberry, and in fact the ‘strawberry flavour’ which is just one of the ingredients on the shake’s list, contains over twenty different chemicals in its own right.
If you enjoy the taste of French fries from McDonalds – until recently they were all fried in beef dripping to give them their ‘distinctive taste’ and also added so much fat that percentage wise the fries contained more fat than a hamburger. They stopped this practice in the 1990s and switched to vegetable oil, but even this has been a problem due to trans-fat levels. McDonalds and many other chains are pledging to cut the trans-fat levels in their cooking oils but will this affect the taste?